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Monday April 16, 2012

Isabella Castillo Wins Nobel Kids’ Choice Award for Nickelodeon Latin America’s “Grachi”

Isabella Castillo Wins Nobel Kids’ Choice Award for Nickelodeon Latin America’s “Grachi”

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Isabella Castillo, the star of the Nickelodeon Latin America fantasy television series “Grachi,” has become the first Latina to receive a Kids’ Choice Award.

“Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to win. But this has proven to me that I have marvelous fans on whom I can count,” the 17-year-old actress and singer, who won in the Favorite Latino Artist category for her role as a romantic and dreamy teenage witch, said.

Born in Cuba, Castillo grew up in a family of artists, the daughter of percussionist Jose Castillo and singer Delia Diaz de Villegas. Her sister Gisel is a pianist.

The family emigrated from Cuba in 1997 and after a brief stay in Belize they settled in the United States.

From that moment on, Isabella began to participate in theatrical works and musical shows like “Fantasia en Disney” in Miami. But it was during their vacation one year that the family went to Spain and her luck changed forever.

“I was invited to participate in the casting of one of the most important musicals, ‘El diario de Anna Frank - Un canto a la vida,’ by musical producer Oscar Gomez, and they selected me for the main role,” said the young woman, who won the Gran Via Award in Spain for best new actress.

At present, in addition to continuing with the musical tour “Grachi en vivo,” which has been packing theaters in Mexico, Isabella is preparing the songs for her first album.